How to apply to be a Transfer Student Peer Mentor
The Transfer Student Peer Mentor Program provides incoming J.D. transfer students with an upperclass mentor during the summer and the first year at the Law Center. Partnering with the Office of Academic Affairs, the primary goals of the program are to support transfer students as they make the transition to Georgetown Law, to help them navigate and make the most of the many opportunities available at the Law Center, and to foster community and camaraderie among the transfer students and throughout the Law Center. Peer Mentors are typically third-year J.D. students who have transferred to Georgetown Law in the previous year, but fourth-year J.D. students are also encouraged to apply.
How To Apply:
If you are interested in applying, please provide a short statement of interest, two references, and a resume/CV by completing this form.
All application materials are due by 3:00 pm on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Transfer Student Peer Mentors are expected to:
- Participate in 2–3 Peer Mentor planning meetings and develop an event’s schedule before the end of this spring Semester.
- Contact incoming transfer students during the summer to welcome them to the Law Center and answer questions they may have about Georgetown Law and Washington, D.C.
- Attend and participate in the Transfer Student Orientation program on August 23, 2021 (tentative).
- Communicate regularly with assigned transfer students, refer mentees to appropriate resources, and participate in regular check-in meetings with OAA in the fall semester.
- Be available to share wisdom and experience with the following year’s Peer Mentors in the Spring semester.
- April–May: Complete paperwork and coordinate planning meetings (1–2 hours total).
- June–July: 2 hours per week on average mentoring incoming transfer students via email and/or telephone.
- August Orientation: Approximately 6–10 hours, including (a) attending the Transfer Student Orientation session in August, and (b) participating in activities such as campus tours, informal social events, and advice sessions.*
- Fall Semester: 1–2 hours per week on average mentoring incoming transfer students. The demands may be heavier in the beginning of the fall semester and leading up to exams.
- Spring Semester: 1–2 short meetings with Director Ian Wilhite and the incoming cohort of Peer Mentors.
*Note: some in-person activities may be adjusted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Transfer Student Peer Mentors will receive a modest stipend. The stipend is to recognize the significant contributions Peer Mentors make to the Law Center during their service, but is not intended to be hourly compensation. We are looking for candidates who are seeking this position because they have a commitment to improving the Transfer experience, mentoring students, fostering community, and giving back to the Law Center.
- Upperclass student entering the 3L, 3E, or 4E year in 2021–2022.
- Maturity, good judgment, and willingness to listen.
- Thoughtfulness about the challenges and opportunities transfer students face.
- A commitment to building community at the Law Center.
- Ability to carry out all Peer Mentor responsibilities (described above), especially keeping in touch with and being available to mentees.
- Background in peer advising, student government, residence or student life (in college or otherwise), teaching and/or counseling.
- High level of engagement in the life of the Law Center.
If you have questions about the Transfer Student Peer Mentor role or application, please contact Ian Wilhite, Director, Office of Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.